Studies show that you don’t need diabetes to get Alzheimer’s, high-blood sugar caused by sugar and carbs is enough.
By Dawn Flemming
A high-carb, high-sugar diet has been associated with Alzheimer’s.
In current scientific research, it is becoming more and more prevalent that a high-sugar diet may potentially be leading people to Alzheimer’s.
In a longitudinal study of ageing, 5189 people were followed for over a decade and its authors concluded that people with high blood sugar had a quicker rate of cognitive decline than people with normal blood sugar levels. This was irrespective of whether or not the person had diabetes. This meant that the more sugar a person ate, even if the person did not have diabetes, the faster his/her cognitive declined.
As a result, a person can be at an increased risk of dementia even when he/she has prediabetes, that is, someone who does not have diabetes yet but has high blood sugar. The implications of this are staggering as currently 86 million Americans have higher than normal blood sugar.
What can we conclude from this? Just because you don’t have diabetes, you can’t have all the carbs and sugar you want. You have to have a balanced and healthy diet.
Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.